African-American beauty in Romare Bearden's work

September 02, 2020 at 11:37 hrs.
Romare Bearden. PHOTO: Thyssen Museum
Romare Bearden. PHOTO: Thyssen Museum


The life and work of Romare bearden, activist and teacher in the art of collage, are a sample of the creative and intellectual conjunction typical of the artists of the XNUMXth century.

From Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden was born on September 2, 1911 and was characterized by represent the everyday life of African American culture in most of his creations, cAs an act of documentation and protest. 

In this way, he set out to be a spokesperson for this community inside and outside the study.

Proof of this are the works that portray the social changes of his time, the tumultuous processes and the beauty of multiculturalism.

Particularly life in North Carolina in the early 20th century or Harlem landscapes in the 1950s, which include female portraits.

In addition to directing the 1964 Harlem Cultural Council, an advocacy group for African Americans.

In its trajectory there are a wide variety of interests intellectuals.

His passion for music, graphic humor, history, global art, literature and the performing arts stand out.

Multi-talented artist

Not content with making collage his favorite tool, Romare Bearden experimented with various artistic media and techniques.

Watercolor, painting, engraving and literature stand out.

During his career, the artist's work made the covers of magazines Time y Fortune.

He also designed costumes and collaborated for the Alvin AileyAmerican Dance and Contemporary Dance Theater by Nanette Bearden.

The prolific humanist died on March 12, 1988 in New York, where there is currently a fundación in his honor.


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